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Mar 042011

Yesterday, I learned something new.  I was on Twitter, posting links to my latest blog posts and I came across a tweet by Tom Whitby (@tomwhitby), one of the creators of #edchat.  His post said that a discussion on giving feedback to students would begin in a few minutes.  After messaging Tom, I figured out how to become a part of the discussion.

The chat feature on Twitter is amazing.  I used tweetchat to participate in the discussion on giving feedback to students.  The discussion lasted an hour and when all was said and done, I became part of a large community of educators who were all seeking to improve education for their students.  The educators shared a variety of great ideas and comments.  Through the process, I met a variety of new connecti0ns and now we are following each other.

One such colleague is Jerry Blumengarten (@cybraryman1).  Cybraryman1 has a website, http://www.cybraryman.com/ devoted to similar types of twitter chats which happen every day.  It’s fascinating to me that anyone can take part in these discussions and it helps promote new ideas.  One tweet that I found fascinating was by Marc Seigel (@Daretochem) who made reference to Mastery Learning and I really like the concept of it.  I am going to talk more about Mastery Learning in a later post, but I believe that it is the ideal way to conduct education to promote creativity and to inspire.

Twitter has proven yet again to be a valuable resource.  For those of you that are interested, the chat I participated in was called #edchat.  And the discussion focuses on different topics every week.  One discussion goes on at 9 AM PST and the other begins at 5 PM PST.   Want to know what’s going on in education?  Get involved in the discussion.  Join #edchat.

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